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Saints safety Marcus Williams accepts franchise tag for 2021 season

Saints safety Marcus Williams will play in New Orleans this upcoming season.

Williams has accepted his franchise tag tender for the 2021 season, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports, per a source. Williams is set to make $10.612 million in 2021 under the franchise tag.

The two sides will continue to work toward a long-term deal, according to Rapoport. The deadline for teams to sign franchise-tagged players to a long-term extension is July 15.

The tagging of Williams was necessary this offseason for the cap-strapped Saints. The former second-round pick is an underrated and often overlooked piece to the backend of a stellar Saints secondary the past few years. Williams has accrued 13 interceptions, 30 pass deflections and 246 total tackles over his four seasons in New Orleans.

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